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« on: April 11, 2009 10:30:42 PM »

This ought to be painfully obvious, but I can't seem to figure it out to my satisfaction.

One of these days I'm going to make a crazy quilt. I'm not that into blocks - I prefer the designs that just run all over the entire quilt top, in one big piece of craziness. Sort of like the look of these bags:


Notice that there's really no center or focal point of the patchwork on these. BUT ... as I imagine the piecing it works pretty much like this tutorial explains (scroll down thru pics for full effect):


It seems like this technique would invariably produce a visual center point. And, if you were doing it all over a quilt top, it wouldn't be very long before the "building out" got really obvious and difficult to work with.

Get what I'm asking? The look I'm going for is more like http://newsblaze.com/pix/2008/0824/pix/carol-gable-crazy-quilt.jpg than http://www.wisconsincommonmarket.com/indianheadcarpet/itemphotos/indcpt_crazyquiltrunner_view1.JPG. So what's the secret? Lots of applique?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009 10:56:01 PM »

there is an obvious center in the first one, but i get your desire to avoid it

my suggestion is to build out to a certain point evenly, then start making it VERY uneven, even creating strips that are pieced wonky instead of plain strips


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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009 07:27:08 AM »

I teach a class that makes a purse using crazy quilt piecing.  You start with a 5 sided shape.  As you work in a circle and work out from that center, at some point, I switch to piecing 2,3 or even 4 fabrics together to use as a single "strip" down one side.  It looks more organic that way.  Good luck!

« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2009 08:05:07 AM »

at some point, I switch to piecing 2,3 or even 4 fabrics together to use as a single "strip" down one side.  It looks more organic that way.  Good luck!

So THAT"S how you do it. I ALWAYS wondered and it drove me NUTS and it has really been keeping me from doing one of my own.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009 07:37:43 PM »

Yeah I think antique quilts done in that style (all over and not working out from the center) were done with simply a lot of applique.  You sew down as many edges as you can, cover the edges where you can, but in the end you have to applique a lot of edges down.


If you are working on (or thinking about starting) a postage stamp quilt with 1.5" squares, I have scraps and squares to give away.  PM me if you're interested.
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009 08:49:47 PM »

Actually, many of the antique crazy quilts had "Y" seam intersections of various angles.  Here's a tutorial for how to piece them:  http://www.ctpubblog.com/2009/03/11/quilting-tips-y-seam-construction/

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